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Vera Wang – The shining star of wedding fashion

By Mike Fried,

After her success with gowns, Vera Wang has ventured into other products including home decor, fragrances, and engagement rings. 

You can buy her wedding bands and engagement rings through her partnerships with companies like Zales, Jared, or Kohl’s. 

As diamond experts, we can’t help but wonder about this iconic woman’s jewelry. Let’s examine her engagement rings to see if they match the prestige of her wedding dresses. 

History

Vera Wang grew up in Manhattan, dreaming not of a wedding fashion empire but figure skating. There are other fascinating details in Vera Wang’s story, but she found her passion for bridal gowns when designing her own in 1989. 

Vera Wang yellow gold halo ring
Vera Wang WISH Diamond Engagement Ring 2 ct tw Round/Princess 18K Yellow Gold from Jared
To help you with the diamond buying process we lean on our expertise and experience. The author of this article, our CEO, Mike Fried has over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. Mike started from the bottom, sorting and evaluating hundreds of thousands of diamonds to learn every facet (pun intended) of diamond quality and value. Mike followed that up by spending years buying and selling diamonds on the wholesale market as well as selling tens of millions of dollars worth of diamonds to diamond retailers.

Vera Wang Rings: The Quality

To examine the quality of a jewelry piece, we look at the craftsmanship and the diamond separately. Vera Wang’s rings pass our test for craftsmanship for sure. 

Her settings are well designed and well executed. The prongs are in place. There is alignment and shank consistency.

The diamonds used in Vera Wang’s pre-set rings are certified by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). But because the cut quality of the center stone isn’t mentioned online (you can’t see the certificate either), we can’t comment on it. 

If you want a bit more say in the matter, Jared offers Vera Wang semi-mountings which allow you to hand-select your diamond. Jared’s photo technology is great and you’ll know what you’re getting. This is a great way to get a Vera Wang setting and still get a diamond of your choice.

Alternatively, you can always choose a similar-looking ring from elsewhere. If you don’t need the Vera Wang brand exactly, you might get a comparable look for cheaper.

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Vera Wang Diamonds: Color and Clarity

Diamond color refers to how clear or yellow the diamond is. Most of the center stone diamonds featured in Vera Wang’s engagement rings have an I or F color, meaning they will appear colorless in most settings. 

The diamond clarity describes how many blemishes (inclusions) are seen in the diamond. The GIA uses a jewelry microscope to determine this grade. 

The best advice we have for clarity is to use your eyes. Diamonds come in numerous shapes and cut qualities. These factors determine if inclusions are visible to the naked eye

The diamonds in Vera Wang’s collection have an SI2 and VS2 grade. VS2 typically indicates an eye-clean diamond. SI2 clarity is a bit tricky because a lot of them aren’t eye-clean. Unfortunately, you won’t know before the purchase with her pre-set rings. 

Vera Wang Double shank halo ring
Vera Wang WISH Double Shank Diamond Engagement Ring from Jared

Vera Wang Diamond Rings: Pricing

It’s true that Vera Wang’s pre-set diamond rings are pricier if you compare them to online retailers. But that’s understandable – you’re paying for the high-end brand. However, it might be worth it for someone who wants to wear the great Vera Wang on their finger.

For example, this lovely Vera Wang WISH diamond engagement ring 2ctw round/princess 18K yellow gold costs $18,999.99. 

And this double pavé shank Vera Wang WISH 1.25ctw diamond engagement ring in Platinum is for $6,999.99.

Vera Wang Rings: The Shopping Experience 

The biggest takeaway for shopping Vera Wang rings is that you’ll need to buy your ring through a middleman (Jared, Zales, or Ernest Jones). Your experience buying a Vera Wang ring entirely depends on this secondary company. We have a review on Jared, the Galleria of Jewelry. If you’re looking for an in-person experience, they rate fairly in our book.

Vera Wang Rings Collection

Vera Wang has several collections. The 2 most popular are the LOVE collection and the WISH collection. Both collections have extensive styles of engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, and earrings. Her jewelry collections are sold through a third party.

Vera Wang LOVE packaging
Packaging of Vera Wang LOVE collection (Photo: Zales)

Diamond Pro’s Verdict on Vera Wang Engagement Rings

We love Vera Wang’s style and found her pieces well crafted and elegant. Even though we’d rather spend our money on a larger diamond than on a brand name, for someone who truly enjoys wearing designer rings, Vera Wang has a lot to offer.

Positives

  • Brand name
  • Modern, unique designs
  • Sentimental sapphire on each ring
  • Availability to hand-select diamonds for some settings

Negatives

  • Inability to see the diamond you will receive in pre-set rings
  • Vague grades on diamonds
  • Third-party business model

Key Takeaways

  • There is no denying the impact Vera Wang has made on the world of wedding fashion.
  • Her engagement rings are beautiful as the gowns she is known for.
  • The quality of her settings is good.
  • You receive a “surprise diamond” that you’ve never seen before when ordering a pre-set ring from Vera Wang.
  • You can cherry-pick a diamond to match a setting of your choice from their semi-mounting collection.

FAQs About Vera Wang

Is Vera Wang a good brand?

Vera Wang is a great brand for wedding gowns and haute fashion and her engagement rings can compliment them well.

Are Vera Wang rings GIA Certified?

Vera Wang rings are certified by the GIA which is great. The downside is that you won’t see the certificate or the actual diamond before the ring comes in the mail. But if you choose one of the semi-mountings, you can pick out a diamond of your choice and know exactly what you’re paying for.

Are Vera Wang rings stamped?

Her rings are stamped on the inside with her name and the collection. For example, “VERA WANG WISH” will be stamped inside for her WISH collection.

Can Vera Wang rings be resized?

Vera Wang’s rings could be resized by a jeweler. but it always depends on the design itself. Here are our precautions to resizing rings.

Why is Vera Wang so popular?

Vera Wang is popular because she took bridal fashion to the next level with her specialized gowns. She has used her strength in wedding gowns to launch other products.

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Mike Fried Mike Fried Mike Fried has over 25 years experience in the diamond industry working with Leo Schachter Diamonds, Moshe Namdar Diamonds, and joining The Diamond Pro in 2007. He is recognized as an industry expert and has been quoted in publications such as Us, People, Page Six, The Next Web and more.

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